Wednesday, 31 October 2007

The Design Collective Sixers CJ

Well today is the day when the 10 ladies in our sixer CJ circle post our CJ's off on their journey. For those who might not know what this is ..... a brief explanation LOL

We each make a small album and chose a theme, make a double page for own journal then we post to the next person in the circle, who in turn makes a double page and so on. Eventually in July 2009 my CJ will return to me with 9 ladies from the Design Collective having made pages in it for me. I in turn to the same to their CJ's. So I've posted mine off today to Nina and in a few days should received Sharon's CJ for me to do my pages in hers. Makes sense, no I struggled as well but it's becoming clear.

The front is made using blonde moments papers and lots of ribbons. I cut the title on the CR and triple embossed.

This is the welcome page and "my rules" pages

Next my double page, of course "MY PASSION" is greyhounds, no surprises there LOL!

These are the sign in pages and I've created little tags in envelopes for the girls to sign and add any info they would like..

Tomorrow I'm going to attempt a scrap day with Dawn, having missed 2 because of "op" Dawn feels that's enough and it's time normal service was restored LOL....

Monday, 29 October 2007

Paying the price

Well I had a lovely weekend but boy am I paying the price of it today! shattered and hand hurts like hell from over doing it.

It was just fantastic to see Vikki and Ben on Saturday, Ben who isn't two until December walked in carrying a bunch of flowers which he then gave me with a kiss! talk about melting your heart. We went for a little walk over the road to the children's play park which he loves, then came home and Vikki made lunch for us as Eric was busy outside working on his trailer. I say trailer but actually it started out as a dilapidated horse box he bought for fifty quid, apparently with all the building stuff he needs to do the base for the conservatory it is cheaper to collect then have delivered, hence the need for a trailer. Anyway we all teased him terribly but have to admit it now looks like a trailer and is almost finished. First trip is to the scrap yard with the top of the horse box and he expects to get 50 quid for all the metal, so guess he has the last laugh! and even better he should be ready to start digging out the foundations soon.

Sunday I finally plucked up the courage to wash my hair, boy it took forever with one hand but is now lovely and clean. Then Dawn picked me up and off we went to the craft shop, even though Dawn carried all my bit I still used my hand way to much and by the evening the pain was unbearable and I ended having a few tears.

Today I'm trying to be more sensible......

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Making progress

What a difference a few days make, now I am able to make my own cups of tea and lunch and this morning managed to feed the dogs. Sounds so trivial but I hate being dependant on anyone even Eric who has been the best pandering to my every whim but it's time to start getting back to normal I think.

Vikki and Ben are coming over today, Vik has deliberately stayed away in case Ben knocked my hand but I have missed them so much and can't wait to see them. Tomorrow Dawn is taking me out to Capel nursery, not that we go for the plants but they have a huge craft section. Really looking forward to just going out somewhere anywhere other than hospital.

Decided last night after trying to play with the new software I got for the robo that as there are no help files or instructions yet to order video tutorials from America. Only looked at 1 so far but really impressed and boy are they going to save time and heartache trying to figure it all out.

Have a good weekend all.

Friday, 26 October 2007

Plaster off !!!!

Back to the hospital yesterday and yay they've taken the plaster off. I've had the drain removed (which I didn't even know I had) that had to have a couple of tiny stitches, I'm told it all looked good but couldn't pluck up the courage to look properly LOl, but the worst bit was having the sticky dressing pulled off jeez that hurt. Now have a splint to wear for 6 weeks which I can take off to do some exercises 5 times a day. Swelling has gone down loads overnight and I have more use of the hand already so feeling quite up beat today. Just wish I could drive but I guess that will come.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Feeling better

Day six and finally feel a bit better yay !!!! pain not as bad today, have wonderful multi colour bruises spreading down my fingers, no concentration at all and completely bored


decided to download some free Christmas papers I saw in papercraft mag and had a bash at making one of their quick and easy cards, should have been on a square card but couldn't manage to pull them out so went with a tall card as it was on top LOL, okay so it's pretty rubbish really but I'm chuffed to bits to have done something.

AND my new software for the craft robo has arrived so looking forward to playing with that.

Thank you all for all the get well messages, and apologies if I've left incoherent messages on your blogs LOL.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Fed Up !!!!

Boy am I fed up, the GA has really messed me up and I feel quite out of it a lot of the time. My hand hurts and I spend all day clock watching to see when I can take next lot of painkillers. Bruising is spreading down my fingers which are sort of black and blue. Roll on Thursday when hopefully I'll get this plaster splint off.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

The OP

Well here I am having survived the dreaded op, in truth it all went very smoothly apart from having a GA and not the regional as arranged. The anaesthetist on duty Thursday didn't do regionals so what was the point in giving me the choice! The day unit was very clean and the nurses were lovely, I made my apologies in advance knowing the GA would make me sick and it did. But that was the only hiccup of the day. I went down at 2.30pm and was back on the ward at 4.30pm and finally managed to make my escape just before they closed at 8pm. The pain wasn't to bad as the surgeon gave me a nerve blocker which started to wear off Saturday morning and then the pain and after effects started to hit me and yesterday wasn't a great day but feeling a bit more with it today.

Back to hospital Thursday afternoon and hopefully they'll remove the plaster cast which is just supporting the underneath of my hand/wrist. Stitches should dissolve and surgeons thinks if the wrist is reasonably stable I may get away without it being fussed. And best of all I should be back to "normal" in a couple of weeks, which is quicker than I thought....

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

I've been tagged

by the lovely Karen of the Design Collective

Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs

Ok, so here goes:

1. I am a malteser addict!

2. I started colouring my hair when it began to go grey at the age of 26.

3. My name is Suzanne but my family call me Suzy and friends call me amongst other things Sue.

4. I love baking but hate cooking.

5. I've been carrying around the same tube of antihistamine cream in my bag for 25 years since my son was stung by a wasp and had an bad reaction.

6. I hate to dress up and feel most comfortable wearing very casual gear LOL.

7. I've had my knuckles and wrists replaced with plastic joints due to the RA.

Now I'm going to tag


apologies if you've already been tagged LOL

Sunday, 7 October 2007


Dawn and I went to a scrapathon in Ipswich yesterday. 10am till 10pm not that we stayed until the end we were shattered by 4.30pm and Dawn had to go out in the evening but we had a brilliant time meeting new people.

I won a prize in the bingo which I shared with Dawn as she was getting most put out at not winning LOl and today I received an email to say I've won a £10 gift voucher to spend at papermaze from a draw they did at the end of the evening yay!

Spent far to much time talking and shopping so didn't get a whole lot done but managed to do this layout. It's a class by Fiona Beckman on the Design Collective to help you use more than one photo on a page to show an event or series of photo's.

The photo's are of Eric trying to have a practice run putting up in his new tent ready for his holiday on the Isle of Man the following month. Not only did he have all the hounds trying to help but had to contend with Dawn and I heckling him.

Absolutely shattered today and wrist is playing up so just pottering and chilling out whilst Eric has gone to the Copdock bike show.

Really want to try and do one more layout and my pages for the circle journal this week then I'll pack my stuff away as they'll be no scrapping for me for a few weeks. What ever will I do with myself LOL.

Friday, 5 October 2007

Happy Bunny

No particular reason just feel a happy bunny today. The sun is shining, washing on the line, cakes baking in the oven and dogs all outside on the deck sunbathing. All 5 were laying together so rushed off to get the camera and guess what, yup they all moved rotten lot LOL..

Today life is good.

AND my wrist actually feels not to bad today so I'm going to prep some work for tomorrow, Dawn and I are going to a scrapathon! 10am to 10pm not that we'll last that long we normally pack up about 4pm but it's just so lovely to spend the day scrapping without interruptions.

Still struggling with my circle journal but have kind of decided what I'm doing for my entry, shall work on it next week ready for posting on the 16th. Tomorrow I'm working on yet another Christmas prezzie last one then I'm all done yay !!!!

Sunday Eric is going to the Copdock bike show, weather forecast looks good so hopefully the "boys" will have a good time as it will probably be the last fun outing of the year.

Have a good weekend everyone....

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Pre admision appointment

Been to the hospital this morning for my pre admission appointment. All went well and I have elected to have a regional anaesthetic which will completely numb the entire arm and slight sedation so I'm relaxed. I really didn't want a GA as they make me so sick and I wouldn't stand a chance of getting out that day. I may still have to stay in but the hospital are aware that I am very keen to come home the same day and Eric will be here to look after me. They weren't able to tell me how long the wrist/hand will be out of action which I really wanted to know but suggested I ring the surgeon's secretary to see if she could find out.

Called in the Dr's on the way home and got my flu jab so quite a successful morning.

Just wish it was all over and done with now....

Last night Eric said to me you're SAD no I'm not I said a bit cheesed off with life but not SAD no you fool he siad I mean Seasonal adjust disorder! well I think he may be right because today the sun is shining and it's so warm we sat outside and had lunch when we came home and suprise surprise I feel much happier today LOL

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Wedding Anniversary

Today is our wedding anniversary yay !!!! course everyone says Eric deserves a gold medal for surviving another year with me LOL.

Actually he probably does at the moment because all I seem to be doing is whinging and whining about how much my wrist hurts and the op LOL. Don't normally have time for self pity waste of time and energy but definitely having woe is me few days...

Tomorrow is the pre admission appointment so maybe I'll feel better when I actually know what to expect. We were just so shocked when we saw the hand surgeon that a) I didn't have a choice it had to come out because of the broken silicon (silicon synovitis) and b) not enough bone left to put another replacement wrist in! and the other wrist will probably go the same way soon... anyway we just were so shocked that we didn't really ask the right questions so fingers crossed tomorrow brings some reassurances.

Mac is a little better and has started going out for lead walks, rather that than going silly in the garden.

Had a lovely day with Vikki and Ben today. Ben is just growing up so fast now, I can hardly believe he'll be two in December. He's getting quite a range of words now and is an expert and letting you know what he wants one way or the other.

Completley messed up a page of my CJ, got glue on the acetate which then just spread everywhere so had to redo the welcome and rules pages. Was worried the acetate wasn't going to be robust enough so maybe it's just as well. Get the same look just printed it onto coloured card stock this time. Started my two pages but talk about unispired and it's my theme LOL